Category: Pattern Reviews

Trialling Unicose Patterns

I've known about Unicose patterns for a while now and having been wanting to give them a try. Their designs are quite extensive - the usual fair plus quite a lot of menswear, activewear and complex jacket designs. In the past, I've drafted a couple of items inspired by their designs. Recently, I plucked up the courage to purchase a few patterns to try.

McCall’s 7446 Tank Top and Self Drafted Cycling Shorts

Recently I drafted a pair of cycling bib shorts and have found them so great to wear. They have become my favourites and wear them in preference to the elastic waist type shorts. That's my excuse to make another pair and a tank top to wear with them. These were made for PR's mini-wardrobe contest ...

New swimsuit : Merckwaerdigh BAD24

This swimsuit pattern would have to be my favourite. It is Merckwaerdigh BAD24.  I love the design, especially the ‘flow’ of the black bands, and is very flattering.  It would also have to be one the most comfortable suits I've worn and is my favourite to wear kayaking - lots of freedom of movement in ...

close-up of collar & placket

KwikSew 3026: Paisley woven polo shirt

This paisley print has been sitting in my stash for almost a decade, never quite knowing what it wanted to be.  Too short in length for a long sleeve shirt for which it was intended to be, and never quite suiting the summer shirt patterns that I tried to match it with. So here it ...

self drafted cycling kit

Self drafted cycling jersey and bib shorts

I've been wanting to draft my own pattern for cycling shorts for years.  And I'm not talking about leggings here.  Real bike shorts designed to work with the shape of your leg while cycling, not standing.  I decided to go the whole hog and draft a pattern for bib shorts as well as a raglan ...

Cycling jerseys and other stuff

The Tour de France started last week and I've been staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning to watch the live stages.  It's the perfect excuse to set up the cutting table in front of the TV each night and get some serious sewing time in. Stage 1: My Image M1253 - stretch ...

Bouclé Knit Blazer

I've been working on this knit blazer one and off for the last couple of months.  This week I had a meeting in Melbourne and took the train down.  With six hours on the train, I finished all hand-stitching the trim and getting the button sew on. The plan The fabric I'm using is a ...

Owl sweatshirt and dress-form arms

For a bit of fun this week, I've been playing with fabric crayons to give a bit of interest to a plain grey sweatshirt.  And I finally got around to making arms for my dress-form.  Something I've been meaning to get around to for ages. Owl Sweatshirt The pattern for the sweatshirt is McCall's 6614 ...

Lekala 4708: North Face Knock-off

One of the best things about sewing is being able to knock-off designer brands.  Not only to you get a custom fit garment at a fraction of the price, you also have control over the colours and fabrics.   This Lekala pattern (4708) looks to be based roughly on The North Face's Arcata hoodie. It features ...

Ottobre Sweatshirt V2

For version two of this sweatshirt, I've gone down three sizes from what was recommended in the size chart and added a little extra width at the hip.  The fit is much better, especially through the shoulders.   No way near as baggy as yesterday's version.  With the narrower shoulders, the sleeve came out to be ...